In a recent Best Buy flyer ad campaign for the newly released HP TouchPad in Canada, there’s some ‘wishful thinking’ on what OS the tablet actually runs. As seen above, the ad reads that the TouchPad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, instead of its WebOS. Big WHOOPS! Shortly after this leaked, and also after it hit every household with a Canadian address and a mailbox, they’ve retracted and made a correction notice as seen below on the website.
Conspiracy Theory #1 says = ‘Was this an attempt to boost tablet sales?’
LOL. Nice try Best Buy….nice try.
The Xoom continues to make headlines as we noted earlier today that Woot.com was offering the Honeycomb device for as low as $399. And although that price is for a refurbished unit, it’s still a fantastic deal. In keeping up with Xoom news it looks like our fellow Canadians are now offering the device’s WiFi version for $499 brand new. What do you think? Worth the drive? Let us know what you think of the offer in the comments below.
[via futureshop by ac]
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally starting to gain stride in nationwide launches, and Canada will not be ignored. On Best Buy’s online store, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is shown available for pre-order now and as seen in the pic below, available in their warehouse July 22nd (on shelves next day most likely). As you can also see, the Galaxy Tab running Android 3.1 Honeycomb will cost you $499 plus taxes for the 16GB model and $599 for the 32GB model. Both of which are Wi-Fi, not 3G (yet anyway).
Sure it’s later than the US is getting it, but it’s better than most other devices making their way north of the US border. Who’s getting one……I am!
[via best buy, samsung]
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launched this past Friday, but only the Wi-Fi version. Verizon Wireless is expected to get the 4G LTE version, but nothing else has been announced.
Recently, a version with AT&T radios as passed the FCC, but the question is if it will be released by AT&T. Recent rumors are suggesting that Bell network in Canada will be getting the Tab 10.1. If I were a betting man, I would have to say that this FCC approval means that you are going to see it launched up north in the very near future.
Our friendly Canucks up north at Best Buy Canada are now taking pre-orders for the Motorola Atrix. For $50 of your hard-earned Canadian cash, you can secure a spot in the pre-order mix for this hotly anticipated dual-core phone. Sadly, no release date is given on Best Buy Canada’s website, but hopefully it’s not too far away. If you’re in Canada and want one of these cool looking phones, I hope you’re lucky enough to get one.
[via Best Buy Canada]
Rogers Wireless has finally jumped on the bandwagon of carriers lowering the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab down to $299.99 on a 3 year contract. Even though this is a lower price, it’s still pretty pricey considering that the Galaxy Tab has 2 more models coming out with much better specs that this original, on top of that, there are going to be a giant amount of tablets being made available to Canada this year. If you really want a tablet, it would be advisable to hold on a little while longer, as this will lock you into a 3 year contract with an already outdated piece of hardware.
I have a better idea Rogers, get rid of the 3 year contract, and put this price at the maximum under a 2 year. In 3 years time, this tablet will look like an Etch-a-Sketch compared to whats available on the market when they’re finally good to buy another tablet.
[via Rogers Wireless]
We know that the Xperia Play will be hitting Verizon in the U.S, as well as O2 in the UK, but we haven’t heard much about where else it may be heading. Rogers Canada will be launching the Xperia Play this Spring as well, but we now see that the Xperia Play is htting the FCC again for GSM approval. More specifically, for GSM bands 900/2100MHz 3G, which are used in Asia and Europe more than other parts of the world.
Makes you wonder where the Xperia Play will be launching next, seeing as it’s getting FCC approval for Global GSM bands.
Our Canadian readers may find this of interest, though it’s admittedly not exactly Android-related. But a couple of our good friends have started scouring Canada for the “perfect cup” of coffee. Steering clear of the bigger chains, they tend to focus on the smaller, more intimate places to sit down with a cup o’Joe. Common Grounds TV will be airing in Canada this Spring, and one of the leaders on this project, Nik Green, is a good friend to TalkAndroid staff. Canadian coffee enthusiasts, or just people who really like TalkAndroid (which is all of you, right?), should tune in and show support to Nik and his team. In the process, you might even find some of the best spots to sit down and enjoy some coffee, which is the perfect fuel for late-night Android sessions, be it gaming or developing.
As of February 15th, Telus will begin selling its’ devices with the ability to unlock the SIMs on most handsets they carry. This is a great way to retain customers, because to take advantage of the offer, you need to have a good account standing with Telus for a minimum of 90 days. The unlock will only cost you $50, and will work for both GSM and iDEN devices. Smart.
Who wants Froyo? If you’re a Samsung Vibrant or Fascinate user in Canada, chances are your hand is up right now. Fortunately, it looks like Samsung Canada wants to help you out, as they now have a 2.2 update for:
- Bell Samsung Vibrant
- Virgin Mobile Samsung Vibrant
- SaskTel Samsung Vibrant
- Telus Samsung Fascinate
The update, as per usual, comes to us via Kies, and should come without the bugs from the last round of updates that killed off the MicroSD storage card. So check out Kies and see if you’ve got the upgrade, and be sure to let us know the results in the comments below.